Which Stores Are Open On Thanksgiving & When Do They Open On Black Friday?

Thanksgiving is usually the big day on the calendar in November, but this year the holiday took a backseat to Election Day — so much so that many people say they delayed the start of their holiday shopping until after the votes had been counted. Now here we are, with only a few days to go before Thanksgiving (and, more importantly to some folks, Black Friday); you’ll need to know which stores are opening when in order to maximize your shopping efficiency.

Below is a list of more than three dozen of the nation’s most popular retailers, along with information on whether that store will be open or closed on Thanksgiving, and when you can expect it to open on Black Friday.

Note that some of these — especially the stores that are most frequently found inside of shopping malls — have hours that can vary greatly depending on location. Additionally, some of the data is based on information we’ve been able to cobble together from store websites or by calling around to multiple locations.

If we get more precise information about the retailers with vague holiday hours, or if we hear from additional retailers about their hours, this list will be updated right up until we call it quits for the long weekend on Wednesday afternoon.

Ann Taylor Closed 7 a.m. – 10 p.m., may vary
Apple Store Most Stores Closed 8 a.m. – 10 p.m., may vary
Banana Republic Some Locations Open Varies
Barnes and Noble Closed Extended hours, varies by location
Best Buy 5 p.m. – 1 a.m. Fri. 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.
BJ’s Closed Opens 7 a.m.
Costco Closed 9 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
CVS Closing at 2 p.m.; 24-hour locations open Regular hours
Dollar General 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. Regular hours
GameStop Closed Opens 5 a.m.
Gap Some Locations Open Varies
Home Depot Closed Opens 6 a.m.
IKEA Closed Regular hours
JCPenney 3 p.m. — Overnight Overnight – 5 p.m., may vary
Kmart 7 p.m. — Overnight Overnight – 10 p.m., may vary
Kohl’s 6 p.m. — Overnight 24 Hours
Lowe’s Closed Opens 6 a.m.
Macy’s 5 p.m. — 2 a.m. Fri. 6 a.m. – 10 p.m. (Some will be open overnight TH-FR)
Meijer 24 Hours 24 Hours
Menards Closed Opens 6 a.m.
Michaels 6 p.m. – Midnight 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Neiman Marcus Closed 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Nordstrom Closed Varies by location
Office Depot Closed Opens 6 a.m.
Old Navy 4 p.m. — Overnight 24 Hours
PetCo (& Unleashed) Closed Most open 7 a.m.
PetSmart Closed 7:00am – 9:00pm
Rite Aid Most Closed Opens 7 a.m.
Sam’s Club Closed Opens 7 a.m.
Sears Most Open 6 p.m. – Midnight 5 a.m. – 10 p.m., may vary
Staples Closed Opens 6 a.m.
Target 6 p.m. — Overnight 24 Hours (some stores close earlier)
TJMaxx Closed Opens 7 a.m.
Toys R Us 5 p.m. — Overnight Overnight – 11 p.m.
Ulta 6 p.m. – 2 a.m. 6 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Walgreens 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. 7 a.m. – midnight
Walmart 6 p.m. – Overnight 24 Hours

Is Shopping On Christmas Day The Next Big Thing In Retail?

For better or worse, we’ve come to a point where shopping on Thanksgiving day is no longer a fringe case. But what about Dec. 25? With the exception of some vital retailers — drugstores, the occasional supermarket, gas stations, and, most importantly, movie theaters — most stores don’t even mess with the idea of opening on Christmas. But a new survey says that a not insignificant number of shoppers would be willing to buy stuff after they clean up all the wrapping paper.

This is according to research from LoyaltyOne Consulting, which surveyed nearly 1,300 shoppers from across the country and found that, overall, 18% of them said that if stores opened after 6 p.m. on Christmas day, they would be there, ready to do some shopping.

The eagerness to ditch their families in favor of the mall was particularly strong among those in the 18-24 age group. Nearly 1/3 (30%) said they would shop on Christmas. The numbers didn’t dip much for the next oldest age bracket, 25-to-34-year-olds, with 27% willing to skip the Christmas ham for potential post-Christmas savings.

But before the malls start ordering all their retailers to open up on Christmas or else (like they do on Thanksgiving), a larger number of people are pretty opposed to the idea of shopping on Dec. 25.

According to the survey, 24% of all respondents said they not only wouldn’t shop on Christmas, but that they would also be less likely to shop in the future at a store that does open on Christmas. More than half of the people (58%) simply said they have no intention of ever shopping on Christmas. While that percentage was smaller for the 18-24 (53%) and 25-34 (52%) age brackets, it still seems to indicate that a majority of consumers just want the day off from shopping.

Of course, online retailers don’t shut down their websites for the holiday, so consumers are more free than ever to make purchases at whatever hour — on whichever day — they choose.

We’d predict that — rather than risk the ire of shoppers who oppose opening on Christmas (and dealing with the extra cost of paying for employees who come in to work on Dec. 25) — retailers may simply start offering Christmas day deals online for those who want to test out their new phone by buying something on it with the gift card they got from the uncle who never visits.

Why Today Is Called “Black Friday”

“Black Friday” as a name for the day after Thanksgiving was coined by police officers in New England. One of the earliest documented references of this was in December of 1961, where Denny Griswold of Public Relations News stated: “in Philadelphia, it became customary for officers to refer to the post-Thanksgiving days as Black Friday and Black Saturday. Hardly a stimulus for good business, the problem was discussed by… merchants with their Deputy City Representative… He recommended adoption of a positive approach which would convert Black Friday and Black Saturday to Big Friday and Big Saturday.” (Referring to the traffic and number of accidents.)

“Big Friday” never caught on, but over the next decade, more and more references can be found in various newspaper archives of this particular Friday being called “Black Friday” for this reason.
In the 1980s as the name’s popularity spread throughout the United States, a new origin theory popped up, often touted by the media, that most retailers operated at a financial loss for the majority of the year and Black Friday was named such because it was the day of the year when the retailers would finally see a profit, moving out of the red and into the black.

This simply isn’t true. While there are some retailers that depend on the Christmas season’s revenue to make a profit for the year, most see profits every quarter based on the quarterly SEC filings of major retailers in the United States. There are also no documented references to this potential origin predating November of 1981.

Another common theory often put forth is that the name came from the famous “Great Depression” stock market crash in 1929. While this does pre-date the “New England police” origin, the problem is that the event in question happened on a Tuesday, not a Friday- also, it was on October 29th, so had nothing to do with the day after Thanksgiving.

The actual “Black Friday” stock market scare happened in 1869, was in September, and had to do with gold prices- so, again, nothing to do with the day after Thanksgiving.

While we’re on the topic of Black Friday myths, it should be noted that Black Friday is not the biggest shopping day of the year. In fact, it’s typically not even in the top five, though has cracked the ranks a few times.

Actually, the biggest shopping day of the year is nearly always the Saturday before Christmas, except when Christmas falls on a weekend day, in which case the biggest shopping day of the year is usually the Thursday or Friday before Christmas. Thus, the procrastinators seem to outnumber the early birds.

LEGOLAND Florida Resort to Release Black Friday/Cyber Monday Offers

LEGOLAND Florida Resort will be holding sales on Black Friday (Friday, Nov. 27) and Cyber Monday (Monday, Nov. 30), two of the biggest shopping days of the year.

Savvy vacation planners and theme park fans can sign up now at http://florida.legoland.com/brick-friday-cyber-monday to get exclusive details in advance by email. They’ll also be added to our mailing list to receive a direct link to a private web page for every offer when it goes live.

Remember, each offer is limited and may sell out quickly. Shoppers must sign up at the link above to participate in all Brick Friday and Cyber Monday offers.

Which Stores Are Open On Thanksgiving And Black Friday, And When?

There are two reasons why you might want to know which stores are open or closed on Thanksgiving Day this year: you want to go shopping, or you want to know which stores to boycott (or at least vaguely scorn) because they choose to open on the holiday.

Remember that if you live in one of the states where being open for business on Thanksgiving Day is actually illegal, any Thanksgiving hours on this page don’t apply. You can run for the border or boycott accordingly, though.

We’ve mostly left off stores that tend to be part of enclosed malls; they will generally follow the lead of the mall management and/or the larger anchor stores.

Best Buy: Opening at 5 PM Thanksgiving Day; closed from 1 AM to 8 AM on Friday morning, then open until 10 PM.
Costco: Closed on Thanksgiving Day. Open 9 AM to 8:30 PM on Friday.
GameStop: Closed Thanksgiving Day. Open 5 AM on Friday.
Kmart: Open 6 AM Thanksgiving Day until 10 PM on Friday.
Kohl’s: Open 6 PM Thanksgiving Day, closing at midnight. Open 8 AM to midnight on Friday.
Lowe’s: Closed Thanksgiving Day. Open 5 AM on Friday.
Macy’s: Opening at 6 PM on Thanksgiving Day, and will stay open overnight until 10 PM on Friday, though closing times will vary by location.
Sears: Opening at 6 PM on Thanksgiving Day, closing at midnight. Reopening from 6 AM to 9 PM on Friday.
Staples: Closed Thanksgiving Day. Open at 6 AM on Friday.
Target: Opening at 6 PM on Thanksgiving Day, and will stay open overnight until 11 PM or midnight on Friday.
Toys/Babies ‘R’ Us: Opening at 5 PM on Thanksgiving Day; stores will keep their doors open until 11 PM on Friday.
Walmart: Most stores will already be open, but the Black Friday event starts at 6 PM on Thanksgiving Day.

Black Friday Shopping Has Already Begun at Amazon

In gearing up for the holiday rush, Amazon has launched a new Black Friday Deals Store. The online shop is open to all customers, although Prime members have access to over 30,000 “Lightning Deals” 30 minutes before other individuals. Amazon’s Black Friday Deals Store already features thousands of deals for all shoppers, ranging from electronics and toys to clothes, jewelry and more. Deals can get up to as much as 70% off.

In recent years, more and more consumers have turned to online shopping, and this year, select brick and mortar stores are already planning on being closed on Black Friday.

Central Florida Man Is Trying To Break The Longest Black Friday Campout Record

It’s almost the most wonderful time of the year: Late-November, when after filling yourself with turkey and racist Uncle Jeffrey’s thoughts on the state of football today, you and the family head to the ol’ Best Buy for some deals. Except, oops, you’re too late, because there’s already a line, including, if you live in Orlando, Florida, someone who’s been there since October.

Local radio show host Kevin Sutton began his Best Buy campout last Sunday, and he’s planning on living in his tent until November 27 (that’s 33 days; last year, he did 15). He wants a new television, and “to raise awareness of 13,000 homeless children in Central Florida,” according to Click Orlando.

Sutton, who hosts a radio show for The Game in Orlando, said he’s accepting donations, gifts, toys, and money, which will be given to the Love Pantry. Sutton, who stayed at the store for 15 days last year, said he won’t leave his site until Black Friday and will live only on food and water that’s provided to him through donations.

If Sutton makes it the full 33 days (he uses the store’s bathroom), that would be a new Black Friday record, topping the old mark set by two women in California. They braved the elements and curious buzzards for 22 days. Psh, slackers. Take that sh*t to the abandoned Circuit City down the road.

Will Smartphones Kill the Tradition of Black Friday?

The obligatory chore of holiday shopping isn’t nearly as stressful as it once was—thanks in large part to our mobile devices.

No longer are we required to dedicate entire days at the mall, maneuvering through hordes of shoppers and enduring long lines; today, we simply need a WiFi connection and some spare time.

According to a new report by Google and Ipsos MediaCT, more and more consumers are giving up “shopping marathons” and are replacing them with “micro moments”: instantaneous purchases made with a smartphone or tablet throughout the entire season.

The report, which surveyed consumers on their holiday shopping strategies, found that 54 percent of people will purchase gifts via smartphones during their spare time. But that’s not say Black Friday is no longer relevant. Many shoppers continue to engage in this tradition with the intention of getting good deals; however, data has shown that the “busiest shopping day” is losing steam.

“It used to be that people would plan their shopping marathons for days like Black Friday or Cyber Monday. Now, shopping happens in the moments between everything else in our lives,” the report read. “Last year, for example, we saw steady consumer shopping interest in ‘gifts and presents’ all season long. This type of shopping has led to shorter, more purposeful mobile shopping sessions.”

The data also shows that online purchases made with smartphones has gone up 64 percent within the last 12 months, and that 30 percent of all online purchases are made with mobile devices. By contrast, in-store shopping during the Thanksgiving weekend went down 5 percent from 2013 to 2014, according to the National Retail Federation.

But even when it comes to in-store shopping, consumers are turning to their phones to research products prior purchasing them in person. About 52 percent of shoppers say they will refer to their smartphones before visiting a store, and 82 percent said they will consult their smartphones while in a store.

“Consumers are using their smartphones in all parts of the shopping process—from inspiration to research to purchasing,” the report read. “In fact, shopping-related searches on mobile have grown more than 120 percent year over year and are fast approaching those on desktop.”

You can check out the full report here.